Ultralight Backpacking Meal Planning Tips for Thru Hikers

Ultralight Backpacking Meal Planning Tips for Thru Hikers

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON THE TREK AND CAN BE FOUND HERE. For those that have followed previous posts, you are aware that I set a goal of preparing ultralight backpacking meal plans at 5000 calories per two pounds of food for my upcoming PCT thru hike. I’m excited to share that I pulled it off! After experimenting with more than one hundred ultralight...

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Crunch Time for The Foodie!

Crunch Time for The Foodie!

This article originally appeared on The Trek and can be found here. First off, I want to share how excited I am about the number of hikers worldwide that have shared interest in improving nutrition while thru hiking. The Backcountry Meal Planning for Thru Hikers Facebook group has grown exponentially with great discussions posted daily. If you haven’t joined, I...

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Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!

Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!

This article originally appeared on The Trek and can be found here. You’re not going to tell me pop-tarts aren’t ultralight, are you?!? Actually, that’s exactly what I’m saying. A significant amount of my time over the last year was spent reviewing various blog posts and forums discussing foods typically consumed by thru hikers. It was shocking to learn that...

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Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?

Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?

by Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, LD This article originally appeared on The Trek, which can be found here. When buying ultralight gear thru hikers expect high performance for minimal weight. They should have the same performance expectations of food. Thru hikers are known for losing a significant amount of weight due to inadequate calorie intake. This can lead to a...

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Hiking with Kids and Keeping Everyone Happy

Hiking with Kids and Keeping Everyone Happy

by Aimee Kennedy, MS, RD Are you an adventure seeking parent and want to go hiking with your kids? Feeling a little nervous about taking them into the backcountry? Kids are naturally very curious creatures. They love the outdoors and are very imaginative. They also love to spend time with their mommy and daddy. Top 10 Tips for Hiking with...

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Dehydrating Canned and Frozen Food for DIY Backpacking Meals

Dehydrating Canned and Frozen Food for DIY Backpacking Meals

By Kyle Kamp, RDN, LD DISCLOSURE: THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS WHICH MEANS THAT BACKCOUNTRY FOODIE LLC WILL RECEIVE A SMALL COMMISSION IF YOU CHOOSE TO PURCHASE A PRODUCT. THIS WILL OCCUR AT NO COST TO YOU AND SUPPORTS ONGOING RECIPE DEVELOPMENT. Is there anything more exciting than preparing for a trip to the mountains?  I’d argue the mere potential...

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Protein, Fats, and DIY Backpacking Meals, Oh My!

Protein, Fats, and DIY Backpacking Meals, Oh My!

By Kyle Kamp, RDN, LD What’s the first reply you’d come up with if someone asked what your main goal is in preparing food for the backcountry? My guess is you wouldn’t say “Ehhh, I don’t give it much thought. I’m just out there to survive”. A person could theoretically throw some rice, a few packets of seasoning, and a...

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Carbohydrates and DIY Backpacking Meals

Carbohydrates and DIY Backpacking Meals

By Kyle Kamp, RDN, LD We’ve looked at the overall benefits of dehydrating your own meals to take in the backcountry.  The question that we usually want to be answered next is “what do I take?”. Most meals are built on three main components: carbohydrates, proteins, and fat.  While each serves their own purpose, we’ll start with carbohydrates as it...

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